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Stop Work Order FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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FOR PROPERTY OWNERS (on website):

Q: The Stop Work Order was issued to the contractor on my project. But I’m worried it will slow down my project and cost me more money.  What should I do?
A: Encourage your contractor to choose one of the options outlined on the “notice and order to stop work” given to the contractor and on the L&I webpage at xxxxxxx. Have your contractor contact his or her L&I revenue agent for more information. The agent’s name and phone number are on the notice and red Stop Work Order that’s posted on the job site.

Q: Why are you picking on my contractor? How is L&I deciding who receives Stop Work Orders?

Q: My contractor says he doesn’t have employees.  Why is he receiving a Stop Work Order?
A: L&I staff believe there’s an employer-employee relationship among the people at the job site. Sometimes the employer disagrees and has a right to dispute that.

Q: What is the consequence if my contractor ignores the Stop Work Order and starts working without paying or filing an appeal? What is the consequence for me, as the property owner?
A: The contractor could be fined $1,000 a day, depending on how the order was “served,” or delivered, to him. The law does not provide a consequence for property owners.

Q: Do I still have to pay my contractor? He’s no longer working because of the Stop Work Order.
A: That’s a civil matter between you and your contractor.

Q: How can I confirm that my contractor can legally work again?
A: Ask to see your contractor’s “release of Stop Work Order” or “conditional release of Stop Work Order.” Contractors should receive one of those documents from L&I after fulfilling one of the options to resume work. 

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